Review: The Full Moon at the Napping House

Posted on September 15, 2015


Full MoonNapping House coverThe Full Moon at the Napping House
Written by Audrey Wood
Illustrated by Don Wood
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
September 2015
32 pages

Advertised as a companion book to the beloved classic The Napping House in this new episode, readers are reacquainted with the original cast of characters. However the situation is the exact opposite. Instead of everyone piled on Granny’s bed sleeping, the Napping House is far from calm as the curly-haired boy fidgets, Granny is sleepless, and the critters are restless. All of this turmoil is because the full moon’s bluish glow permeates the Napping House. It looks as though Granny isn’t going to catch a wink of sleep until the cricket’s song sets off a relaxing chain reaction through all the inhabitants.

Audrey Wood masterfully employs the cumulative structure making use of repetitive phrases, but instead of building to a climax, she settles down the Napping House and lulls everyone to sleep. Don Wood’s illustrations reanimate the original Napping House with the rich colors and soft textures of the furnishings which, along with Granny, appear to be aching for a good night’s sleep in spite of blue glow of the moonscape. The Full Moon at the Napping House spirits readers to a familiar place for a warm and fuzzy bedtime story.

Copyright (c) 2015 by Peggy Tibbetts

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